[–] Oire 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Set everything to be done automatically except the ordering of ships and declaring war. Only declare war on places you eyeball to be 2/3rds your size. Cackle with glee when your shitty AI produced ships destroy stuff. Look at the designs and realize that you could make them better. Take control of it... As you read stuff on the forums/gain experience you'll slowly decide you want to micromanage stuff. Some of it is of iffy benefit (Optimizing commercial ships and bases, eh, may help...) and others you'll do faster because it makes a huge difference (Tech tree games/tech stealing.)

tl;dr Break it into chunks, something simple first.

EDIT: Honestly pick your favorite part first. You'll last longer.